Advance Tickets $15 | $20 at door Theatre 82 & Café | 82 Rolfe Square
Since 2006, Artists’ Exchange has hosted the One Act Play Festival (OAPF) for the entertainment and enjoyment of the Cranston community. Short plays are submitted from local, regional, and national playwrights and then selected for performance by a panel of directors/actors. Casts feature community actors of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.
Our 13th annual festival featured 12 great plays:
comedies, dramas, and something for everyone. Family-friendly fun!
Thank you for a great summer!
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Thank you to our 2018 sponsors and donors for supporting our festival.
Greenwood Credit Union, Silver Sponsor
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Steve Stycos & Christine Herbert, Patron Sponsors
Tom & Jessica Chace
2018 Play Line-up
A Boy and His Ball, by Dave Rabinow (Providence, RI) A young boy learns a secret about his mother and about growing up in this verse comedy starring Kevin Kline.
A Conference on the Mound, by Tim Lehnert (Cranston, RI) All-star pitcher Eric Kearns has a lot more on his mind than fastballs and curves when slugger Lance Hendricks comes to the plate.
Alban’s Garden, by Rich Espey (Baltimore, MD) A neighborhood tragedy exposes fault lines in an idyllic suburb.
Burning, by Jayne Hannah (Providence, RI) A heated conversation, in a trailer park, develops between a brother and sister as they share their individual views on authority and boundaries, showing how two different personalities may be effected by one family secret.
Clyde & Bonnie, by Nick Albanese (Providence, RI) A comedy about a dedicated couple with big hopes and dreams but things slowly fall apart and the only thing holding them together is their love for each other.
Going Bowling, by Mark Cornell (Chapel Hill, NC) A boy and his father meet for bowling, arcade games, and a little pizza. Like they always do.
Obits, by Terry Riley (Santa Fe, NM) Two elderly girlfriends meet for coffee to chat about this and that. Today’s topic turns to obituaries.
Six Months From Today, by Angela Cerrito (Athens, GA) Clair and Steffen's dream is about to come true in six months, until a family event is planned for the same date and just might ruin everything!
The Roast, by Jacob T. Zack (Atlanta, GA) A young man meets his girlfriend's parents over dinner, only to discover that some traditions are best kept within the family.
This Is Your Life?, by Mary Paolino (East Greenwich, RI) A hapless job applicant gets more than she bargained for at a unique interview.
Three Sides, by Peter J. Stavros (Louisville, KY) A father and son reminisce, and reconnect, over food.
Tickle That Dragon, by Rex McGregor (New Zealand) Riley is invited to join Potter Purists, an exclusive club for dedicated Harry Potter addicts.
2018 Ensemble of Actors
Lila Caroline Hawryluk
Michelle L. Walker
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Angela Cerrito (Six Months From Today) Angela Cerrito is a writer and a pediatric physical therapist. Her recent novel, The Safest Lie, received many awards and was named a Guardian’s Best Book. Her plays have been performed in the US and Europe. She recently presented on writing, revision, and playwriting at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content in Singapore. www.angelacerrito.com
Mark Cornell (Going Bowling) Mark Cornell is a playwright and filmmaker from Chapel Hill, NC. He's had more than 75 of his plays produced in theatres around the world. His play Pops previously appeared with the One Act Play Festival.
Rich Espey (Alban’s Garden) Rich Espey is a playwright and teacher in Baltimore. His plays have been produced all over the US, and he is committed to writing plays about social justice. Alban's Garden is based on a true story. For more, see www.richespey.net
Jayne Hannah (Burning) Born in London, her desire to be a writer grew from stage fright, where she realized she prefers to stay safely behind the scenes. Writing achievements include Boston Theater Marathon, MA 2015 & 2018, Culture Park, MA 2014, 15 & 16, The Gamm Lab Festival, RI 2015 & 2017, Pigs Might Fly, New Work, FL 2015, ACME Festival, MA 2016, 17 & 18, Providence Fringe Festival 2016, 17 & 18 Orange Players Festival CT 2016 & 17, and Newburyport Festival 2018. Her latest full length play "Stalking" was presented by Counter Productions in May and she is a proud founding member of The Blue Cow Group - a playwrighting group in Providence. Warm thanks are expressed for being included in this festival.
Tim Lehnert (A Conference on the Mound) Tim Lehnert is a writer and editor who lives in Cranston with his wife, two daughters, and dog, Zeus. He is the author of the book Rhode Island 101, and has published short fiction for adults and kids in U.S., Canadian and Australian magazines and journals. His articles, essays and columns have appeared in Rhode Island Monthly, the Providence Journal, the Boston Globe Magazine and elsewhere. His bread-and-butter is writing petitions for an immigration law firm on behalf of "aliens of extraordinary ability" so that they can obtain green cards. www.timlehnertonline.com.
Rex McGregor (Tickle That Dragon) Rex McGregor is a New Zealand playwright. His short comedies have been produced on four continents from New York and London to Sydney and Chennai. Website: rexmcgregor.com.
Mary Paolino (This Is Your Life?) Mary Paolino is a local actor, longtime participant in the OAPF, and now, she is happy to say, a playwright. She has appeared onstage with many local theatre companies, and in indie films and web series. A retired educator, she has made the foray into commercials for such clients as Lifespan and Ocean State Job Lot. Mary sends much love to the actors of Gateways to Change, from whom she learns so much.
Dave Rabinow (A Boy and His Ball) Dave Rabinow is a graduate of the Trinity Rep Conservatory, and has performed locally with the Gamm, Trinity, 2nd Story, and the Wilbury Group. He is a teaching artist at the Gamm and Trinity, and an adjunct faculty member at Providence College. His 10 minute play, Shelter From The Storm, was a finalist for the 2002 Heideman Award at the Actors Theatre of Louisville. You can follow him on Twitter @batroczeleaper if you are into such things.
Terry Riley (Obits) Besides having plays produced on all sides of the Mississippi, Terry has authored three books, been a contributing editor for American Express and MSNBC, advised Fortune 500 executives on security issues, acted in two high school plays, run four marathons, worked as a garbage collector in Yellowstone National Park, participated in secret U.S. military programs, worked at Mattel Toys, trained in the Peace Corps, reported for his junior high school newspaper, been issued a U.S. patent, raced at Daytona, operated rides at Disneyland, earned a doctorate in psychology from Iowa State University, won a waltz contest, and in the past century was Bachelor Number Two on The Dating Game. (No, he lost.) TerrysWorks.com
Peter J. Stavros (Three Sides) Peter J. Stavros is a writer from Louisville, KY. His plays have been produced across the country, including as part of the 8x10 TheatreFest at the Weathervane Playhouse in Akron, OH; the 10-Minute Play Festival at the Durango Arts Center in Durango, CO; the Ten-Tucky Festival of Ten-Minute Plays at the Bard's Town Theatre in Lousiville, KY; and the Festival of Ten at The College of Brockport - SUNY (Audience Choice Winner). Peter has also been published in The Saturday Evening Post and The Boston Globe Magazine, among others. More at www.peterjstavros.com.
Jacob T. Zack (The Roast) Jacob T. Zack is an actor and playwright living in Atlanta, Georgia. Jacob graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in International Studies (2015). Jacob’s written work includes GERONIMO (The Slate Theater), PLAYTIME (Inge Festival, Alternate) and THE ROAST (The Slate Theater). Catch Jacob’s play VERISIMILITUDE at NJ Rep in September (2018).
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